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bit of rare introspection, he s this to brian williams. >> one thing he did for me that removed a gigantic burden that would have normally existed is he told me on a couple of occasions before he passed away to never question what he would have done, never ask the question what steve would do, to just do what's right. >> reporter: such as responding to critics and protesters who complain about long hours and human rights aabu s s s s abuse chinese factories and sending some to inspect the problems. the company known for outsourcing its manufacturing will begin making one of its mac products in the u.s. this suggests a kinder gentler apple, the must have devices continue to roll out. >> we have got some really cool stuff to show you. >> reporter: nearly every single one of them has gotten a makeover under his watch. but cook has his share of
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challenges beginning with the siri feature on iphones. >> here's the forecast for today. >> reporter: too slow and undependable at times. then there is maps. skewered by users. it has gotten better, about many regard google's new app as being superior. cook has yet to deliver his own breakthrough product. and with competitors like samsung setting their own sales records, cook now face his real test of leadership. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. that does it for me. poppy harlow is next in the "cnn newsroom." take it away. it's one of the most controversial issues in america. and why this hour president obama announces his plan on immigration reform. i'm poppy harlow. roll it. death defying and terrifying. why a tragic accident at the x games is raising eyebrows about the sport of extremes. plus --
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>> this 13-hour procedure was performed by a team of 16 plastic orthopedic and microvascular surgeons. >> a war vet becomes the seventh person in the country to have his arms replaced. and hillary clinton's exit interview. this hour, cnn sits down with america's top diplomat and her final days as secretary of state. hi, everyone. a dramatic report out of miami is focusing new attention on baseball. and that sport's ongoing battle against performance enhancing drugs. this in the news again. the miami new times newspaper has published the names of big league players allegedly connected to, of all things, an anti-aging clinic located in south florida. the paper says this follows their three-month investigation. one of the big names, folks,
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a-rod, alex rodriguez. just to be clear here, a-rod has in the past admitted to doping, but has denied taking any performance enhancing drugs after 2003. he's also never been suspended for any drug violations. i want to bring in cnn's richard roth. he joins us from new york. richard, update us. this story just coming out. what do you know so far? >> reporter: according to the three-month investigation, alex rodriguez, the new york yankees star third baseman, but hasn't shined exactly on the field lately, is mentioned in these reports. based on a clinic run by a man named by anthony bosch. rodriguez has never been suspended for any performance enhancing drug use. but he admitted he took them between 2001 and 2003. the miami new times report says that in the last three years, though, according to records they obtained from a former employee and others that the now defunct clinic that alex rodriguez's name was mentioned
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and linked to receiving performance-enhancing drugs, human growth hormone, creams and the like. a statement released by alex rodriguez and referring to the now defunct clinic's owner, he says, the news report about a purported relationship between alex rodriguez and anthony bosch are not true. he was not mr. bosch's treatment. he was never treated by him and never advised by him. the purported documents referenced in the story, at least as they relate to alex rodriguez, are not legitimate. the new york yankees in another statement say they fully support the commissioner of baseball's drug program. another statement from major league baseball reacting to this newspaper report said, we're extremely disappointed to learn of potential links, that's the statement from alex rodriguez. we're extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance enhancing
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substances. these developments provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. through our department of investigations we have been actively involved in the issues in south florida. it is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined up der the joint trust program. poppy, we don't know based upon that statement which degree three players major league baseball is talking about. three major league players with reported links to south florida were suspended in the last year or so for involvement with performance enhancing drugs. a lot of questions related to the story as there always seem to be. baseball, the america's past time sport and performance enhancing drugs. >> it is interesting, you read this article, it says apparently they got the documents from a former employee of the clinic and the clinic closed last month. there will be a lot of questions about the sourcing of this as well. richard roth, thank you very much. i appreciate it. just in to cnn, folks, wasn't to tell you about a
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federal judge in louisiana, accepting a guilty plea from oil giant bp. this is over that deep water horizon oil spill. that plea includes manslaughter charges. pleading guilty to manslaughter charges. it is not yet clear what the terms of that settlement are, but keep in mind, back in november, bp agreed to pay more than $4 billion. that was a record settlement with the u.s. government. we're going to update you more on this as soon as we have it. some of the top stories today in our flash rapid fire. let's roll it. right now, as many as two people are trapped inside a landslide at a canadian quarry. it is happening north of montreal. ctv reports that one man was able to get out after a wall of rock and mud slid into the quarry, but now rescuers are having a very difficult time reaching the others because the ground there is simply not
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stable. we're going to have a live report coming up for you shortly here. stick with us for that. a new presidential term and another cabinet member reveals he's not going to be around for it. secretary of transportation ray lahood announcing he's stepping down. he's the only republican in the obama cabinet and at least the sixth member to exit as president obama starts the second term. not clear where lahood is headed or what he'll do next. he does say he'll stay until the senate confirms his replacement. this story fascinates me. for years this -- look at that map. nothing on it. this is all we knew of north korea's roads and cities. not much. just a blank canvas. but then the google chairman eric schmidt visited the country. now we have this. with the help of citizen mapmakers on the ground, one of the most isolated countries in the world has been mapped out. now, eric schmidt, after he took this visit, says that this timing is just a coincidence.
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well, a close call in australia, major flooding across the northeast is churning up sea foam. you got to see these pictures. it is blowing on shore. take a look at this. not snow, sea foam. in some areas that was nearly ten feet high. you see folks playing in it here. the foam is a result of algae blooms, believe it or not, creating a thick sudsy residue. it is another sign that the housing market is clawing its way back. a new report out today looking at the average home price across 20 of the biggest cities in america showing the biggest jump, folks, we have seen in six years. those prices up more than 5%. this is where you pray there is no strong gust of wind.
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nik wallenda, the daredevil of the famed flying wallendas in a death defying high wire walk today, 180 feet above u.s. 41 and his hometown, sarasota, florida. it was to promote his family's upcoming performance in a local circus, but nothing routine about this. he did not have a safety harness or a net below. the 600 foot walk took him an easy ten minutes. up next, tragedy at the x games as a daredevil stunt goes terribly wrong. you're about to hear what the family of 25-year-old caleb moore is saying about that tragic accident. plus, we're minutes away from president obama kicking off his push for immigration reform. this is big. what will his plan mean for the millions, the 11 million people here illegally. i have low testosterone. there, i said it.
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well, we all know the x games is made for daredevils. but no one can really believe is when they see something like this happen. >> comes up short. digs the skis into the landing. >> 25-year-old caleb moore was critically injured when he came up short trying to perform a back flip on a snowmobile.
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that machine weighs 450 pounds. his grandfather tells the denver post that the prognosis for caleb is not good. if he dies, it will mark the first fatality in the x games' 17-year history. as the games have grown more popular, the stunts have become even more aggressive. the family issued this statement saying, the moors want to express their gratitude to all of caleb's fans, friends and family for their strong support and ask for continued prayers in the coming days. we'll keep a close eye on that, of course, for you. to canada now where a landslide has at least two people trapped, two lives at risk. the first challenge for rescuers, just trying to make sure that the ground doesn't give way under their feet as they try to rescue these people. this is happening as we speak at a quarry outside of montreal. our affiliate ctv says the landslide started at 11:00 this morning. cnn's paula newton is live in
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ottawa. first question, what do we know? >> all we know right now, i can tell you i was on the phone with the head office for this company and things are pretty chaotic. the ground gave way. when the ground gave way, there were two trucks and a loader that seemed to fall into the pit. very dramatic pictures now, poppy, exclusive pictures we bring you right now, the scene, police trying to do their best to find out who is under there. there are at least two workers trapped, perhaps three. they don't know. one called in to say, look, i'm injured, but i'm here. come find me. they do not know if there is one or two others trapped in what is a mountain right now of dirt and debris. poppy, not really knowing right now what they're looking for. they haven't seen any signals of where to actually look for these people. if, when they were thrown from the vehicles, when the vehicles fell into the quarry or if they still are trapped beneath them.
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what a scene now in quebec. these pictures showing us how frantic the search is. th have a few rescue dogs there now to try and look for those workers as they remain trapped in that quarry. >> you said you talked to the company. can you tell us what company this is, what business they're in specifically and do we have any idea what kind of work these people were performing there in the quarry? do we know what they were doing when this happened? >> yeah, it is a quebec company, the head office, this is one of their quarries scattered throughout quebec. as you can imagine, trying to figure out what happened right now and trying to figure out which of the workers were there. you can imagine the kind of landslide that must have secured on the scene. you're talking that this pit swallowed up two trucks and a loader. absolutely fell right into this pit. and i think that's what the company is trying to deal with. they tell us they'll have more
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information at a press conference on the scene in the next few hours and they are hoping, poppy, by that time, they'll have good news about having found these workers alive and right now really not clear about whether the rescuing two or three workers. >> absolutely. everyone's families, i'm sure, watching closely. thank you very much. appreciate it. we'll come back to you as soon as we know more. executives at companies bailed out by you, the taxpayer, kept getting big paychecks, big bonuses, during the bailout. up next, we'll hear how the companies justify those salaries. plus, the dow, an investor, the dow getting closer and closer to an all time high. we'll take you live to the new york stock exchange.
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well, a new report out says that executives at companies bailed out by you, the taxpayer, under that t.a.r.p. program continued to receive very big paychecks. i want to bring in alison kosik. i was reading over this report and the treasury department actually takes some issue with it. but what is the big headline here? what did they find? >> okay, so this is all coming from the government's top bailout watchdog. and that's the one that keeps tabs on these bailouts that were
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handed out to these big banks, these firms. and what it is basically doing is blaming the treasury department, so this special inspector for t.a.r.p., the troubled asset relief program. it says the government failed to keep pay packages at aig, gm and allied financial from getting excessive, that the pay packages were getting excessive. now, all three took these big government bailouts during the financial crisis, but for some reason, their ceos got hefty bonuses. christie romero said the firms continue to lack of appreciation for their extraordinary situations and fail to view themsel themselves through the lens e companies. treasury was supposed to make sure executive pay at the companies was in line with pay for those who work at a similar level in their industry. so to give you an example, let's say the cfo at gm should be paid a similar amount to a cfo getting paid at chrysler.
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but romero says that hasn't happened. instead, last year she says treasury approved pay packages of $3 million or more for half of the executives at these companies. listen to this, of the almost 70 executives the government signed off on, all but one received $1 million or more. there is always another side to this, poppy. these pay packages, they seem huge, but these companies are saying, hey, they're necessary to retain top talent. i don't think that argument will fly when you hear about these big pay packages. >> i know these companies came out with responses to this report. general motors said, look, we had 11 profitable quarters since the downfall. they said they complied with t.a.r.p. do we have any sense of what aig is saying in this and the others? >> aig no longer -- the government no longer has any stake in aig. aig is kind of stepping aside. then you talk about gm. gm, the government still owns 19% of gm. and then you look at allied financial, the government owns 74% of that company. so, you know, so when you see
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this watchdog come out and talk about these things, this is why this kind of report has legs, because the government still has these big stakes in this company. keep in mind, these are pay packages from 2012. we don't know yet what will happen with the pay packages for this year. >> also the big question of legal enforcement. one thing to report this, what can actually be done if anything. we'll see. quickly, alison, the dow, higher, higher, good earnings out of pfizer. that's helping the include chips. >> a big milestone here. five-year high. we haven't seen levels like this on the dow since october 2007. would you believe it, the dow posted gains every single week this year. so, yeah, what is going on here? corporate earnings have been upbeat. we have decent economic data. that's helping the momentum as well. one analyst puts it this way, saying this is when all the people who have been reluctant and hesitant to invest in the stock market, they begin realizing this isn't the new york city subway system, there
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is not going to be another train coming. they try to get on board now. the thing is, once the dow hits 14,000, poppy, there could be a pullback because some people are saying that the market could be overbought at this point. >> i have to say, for everyone watching out there that is still struggling to find a job, with such high unemployment, they look at this market and say my main street doesn't feel like this. there is always that divide. if you have a 401(k), savings, i.r.a., this is good news for you. thank you. appreciate it. >> s&p doing well, yes. >> yeah. >> heads up, apple today unveiling a new version of its ipad. it looks just like this one. just like one you might have, the ipad 2, except it has twice as much memory, 128 gigabytes, aimed at business folks that need a lot of memory or movie buffs or gamers, anyone who needs a lot of space to save things. now on to the bigger question, though this is apple's future. i had a chance to sit down with mark cuban, big tech investor, owner of the dallas mavericks,
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chairman of access tv, to talk about a lot of things tech including apple. here's what he told me. >> do you have any sense of whether apple can lead in this space like they have in smart phones. they don't have the majority of the smartphone market, but if you ask many people who they think did best, in phones, they're still going to say an iphone even though they don't have -- >> i have a samsung with an extra battery. my backup phone was an iphone 5 and i trashed it for a windows phone. i like windows better. the reality is that just the history of apple's technology and all technology companies is they're hot, they're hip, they're cool and then they're not. they go through a refresh period and if they're able to refresh, then they do it. >> there is a lot of questions about apple now after their earnings. what quick take on apple right now. >> apple is a great company. no doubt about it. they make a [ bleep ] money and they're going to continue to for a while. even when they were in their down days for the most part, you know, unless you go back to the '80s, they were making a lot of
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money. but in terms of what's new, hip, cool, if your parents are using it, it is not going to be cool. right? >> kind of depends who your parents are, but, yeah. >> not if you talk to my kids, trust me. >> interesting take there. very opinionated as always, mark cuban. also talk to me about the future of the internet versus television. he thinks tv wins. go to his blog. maverick.com. you can read more about that. it could save lives. and reduce injuries by a lot. a football helmet lined with a safety bubble wrap. i'll talk with the harvard quarterback, now doctor, who designed it. hear how he stumbled on the idea while searching through his medicine cabinet. let's see if ws low price guarantee can make you the mvp of savings. look at that price. wow! walmart lowers thousands of prices every week. if you find a lower advertised price, they'll match it at the register. no way! yeah! touchdown! ready? get out! that's the walmart low price guarantee! see for yourself!
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a death sentence for an arizona woman who has the voice of a choir singer. take a listen to jodi arias. ♪ o hear the angel voices o night divine ♪ ♪ o night when christ was born ♪ >> she won that 2010 inmate talent contest, but will the 32-year-old arizona woman win over jurors. her defense begins presenting its case today. arias is accused of murdering travis alexander. you see a photo of them there, a victim of multiple brutalities, his throat was slashed. he was shot in the face. he was stabbed 29 times. police say arias told multiple lies during their investigation. after telling them she hadn't seen alexander for more than a month before he died, she then said a man and woman killed him and threatened her. so that would put her there.
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listen. >> were they going after travis? for what reason? you tell me this, but you give me no reason. >> didn't discuss much, just argued. >> about what? >> about whether or not to kill me. >> for what reason? >> because i'm a witness. >> a witness of what? >> him, of travis. >> travis' murder? >> yeah, but i didn't really witness it. didn't see much. >> i want to bring in defense attorney joey jackson. with different versions here, really different stories coming from the defendant, at this point what's the basis of her defense? >> all right, well, she's going to do this, poppy. what she's going to do is say, listen, i had no choice here. this was self-defense. this stemmed from a whole pattern of persistent abuse at the hands and at the control of this defendant. they have a lot of explaining to do with regard to why she would
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stab someone 29 times, slitting their throat and then, of course, shooting them in the face. but she's going to set that up by saying she was a product of his control, he was a sexual deviant and she did what she needed to do. and finally, poppy, with regard to the inconsistencies, i'm sure the defense will have to explain that. and they're going to say, look, she was scared, she knew if she said at the outset to the police she engaged in self-defense, that she would have to out a person she loved. and talk about this sexual deviancy. she didn't want to go there. that's what they're setting up. it is going to be a tough lift for them to do, but starting today, they're attempting to do it. >> so there is multiple versions here, really three different very versions. first, she hadn't seen him in a month. then a man and woman killed him and threatened her. and thirdly she was acting in self-defense. do you think she's going to take the stand in this? is that important for her to try to win over jurors? >> you know what happens, poppy is that generally speaking almost without exception when you have a self-defense case,
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you have a defendant who almost has to take the stand. and when i say almost, we're going to hear in this case, social workers, psychologists, who are going to speak to the issue of whether she was a battered woman, of whether she had ptsd or some other psychological, you know, deformity, where she just was forced, her state of mind was such that i need to protect myself. and so if they can get the information out, being the defense through those witnesses, it is less likely she'll testify. but i almost think that she has to, poppy, at some point, go to that witness stand and explain the inconsistencies, and explain her motivations and why she had to, was left with no choice but to stab him, slit his throat and shoot him. i would expect that at some point she will indeed testify. >> and defense also wouldn't want anything sort of showing any premeditation here, because that matters as well. there are these explicit photos of arias that investigators found on the victim's bed. do you think that that plays into this at all?
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into her defense? >> it does in a significant way because the photographs that were taken are very sexually explicit. and, remember, the cornerstone of her defense is that she was abused, whether it was mentally, whether it was tormented, whether it was controlled, and that he, in fact, used her as a sexual object. and so i think that the defense, in really walking a fine line, becausyou never want to demonize a victim, poppy, at all, because it has a backlashing effect, but i think they're going to have to establish through the photos that, see, this is the travis alexander that no one knew, i knew him, i couldn't take it, as a result, i defended myself. so that's what we're going to see, i think, as the defense case unfolds. >> they'll be there to hear her voice, obviously. he's dead, they won't hear from him. it is a real question of trust there on behalf of the jurors. thank you so much, joey. appreciate it. >> my pleasure. we're minutes away from president obama kicking off his push for immigration reform. he's going to do it live in las vegas at a school there, but does his plan mesh with the senators who introduced their own plan just yesterday?
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president obama spoke about football injuries recently, saying that the game needs to be safer. he made a lot of waves doing that. and now there is word that the nfl and its players plan to put some big money into researching the long-term health effects of the game. cnn has obtained a proposal that says the nfl players union and the league are going to fund $100 million ten-year harvard study to try to diagnose, treat and prevent player injuries and illnesses. a thousand current and former players are apparently going to take part in this. dr. glen ferreira knows a lot about football, played at harvard himself. he's a doctor as well. he was the quarterback of harvard's football team. he invented a football helmet, a few years ago, really designed to absorb hits better than regular helmets. he joins us now live. thank you for being here.
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i appreciate it very much. the helmet is called the zenith. tell me about it and also how many teams, how many players are using this right now? >> hi. it is nice to be with you. so this is the zenith x-2 football helmet and key features of this helmet, one is the way it fits, quite different than other helmets on the market. when the player puts the helmet on, he pulls the chin straps, the helmet snugs down around the player's head so it gives you an instant custom fit, helps the helmet stay in place and stay on the head as well. and the other main feature of the helmet is that it uses what we call adaptive shock absorbers, air cell shaock absorbers. they deflect the energy away from the head which helps the head move less suddenly and less violently. we have sold probably 175,000 of these helmets since 2009. players at all ages, all levels,
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ranging from the nfl all the way down to youth football. >> it is interesting. you had your first concussion when you were in seventh grade and i know you were watching hockey star eric lindros suffer multiple concussions, stood up and said this is enough. and saw a saline solution squeeze bottle and that's how the idea came to you? >> pretty much. i played football, had one diagnosed concussion in seventh grade. a few other hits during my high school and college career that, you know, made me see stars and i never told anybody about it. and then after having gone through medical school and deciding to go to business school, also, wanted to get into the business of health, somehow, and happened to see a clip of eric lindros on the ice with what was probably his ninth or tenth diagnosed concussion. and it inspired me to try to do something about the problem. >> virginia tech researchers have taken a look at your helmet. they have tested it and said there is a lot of promise there, but also room for improvement in design. the cost is about double other
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helmets out there. and one of my questions is, a concern about do you think that having this added protection could have the negative side effect of making football players push harder, lead harder with their head, think, well, i'm more protected now so i can be more aggressive. >> certainly, you know, when there is a perception of added protection, it can cause players to take additional risks and that's really where the educational component comes in. the helmet is one piece of the puzzle. technique, rule enforcement, culture change are just as important as protective equipment. it is really a comprehensive strategy. and, you know, as far as there being room for improvement, there is certainly always room for improvement in protective equipment. we feel like this is by far the most innovative product on the market. it has been rigorously tested, tremendous feedback from players and really zenith is the only football helmet manufacturer that was founded in the 21st
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century, designed to better football helmets. we're continually working on improving our technology. we see a lot of advances to come as well. >> quick question, the cost? >> the cost for a varsity helmet is around $200 to $225. the cost for a youth helmet is around $100 to $125. so just for, you know, for correction, it is not double the price of other helmets. it is maybe slightly higher, but it is right around the competitive range of other products are in. very affordable. if you look at the cost of buying cleats over a four-year high school football career, parents will spend more on cleats than they do on helmets. >> thank you very much for coming in. appreciate it. folks, we want to take you to special cnn coverage of president obama's big announcement on immigration reform, live in las vegas. see the president right there. let's take a listen. >> thank you so much. thank you. thank you.
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it is good to be back in las vegas! and it is good to be among so many good friends. let me start off by thanking everybody at del sol high school for hosting this. go, dragons. let me especially thank your outstanding principle, lisa primas. there are all kinds of notable guests here. but i want to mention a few. first of all, our outstanding secretary of department of homeland security, janet napolitano, is here. our wonderful secretary of the interior ken salazar.
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former secretary of labor hilda solis. two of the outstanding members of the congressional delegation from nevada, steve horseburg and vina titus. your own mayor carolyn goodman! but we also have some mayors that flew in because they know how important the issue we're going to talk about today is, maria lopez rogers from avondale, arizona, quassim reed from atlanta, georgia, greg stem from phoenix, arizona, and ashley swearington from fresno, california. and all of you are here as well as some of the top labor leaders in the country and we are just
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so grateful, some outstanding business leaders are here as well. and, of course, we got wonderful students here. so i could not be prouder of our students. is now those of you that have a seat, feel free to take a seat. i don't mind. [ inaudible ] >> i love you back. last week, last week i had the honor of being sworn in for a second term as president of the united states. and during my inaugural address, i talked about how making progress on the defining challenges of our time doesn't require us to settle every debate or ignore every
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difference that we may have. but it does require us to find common ground and move forward in common purpose. it requires us to act. i know that some issues will be harder to lift than others. some debates will be more contentious. that's to be expected. the reason i came here today is because of a challenge where the differences are dwindling. where a broad consensus is emerging and where a call for action can now be heard coming from all across america. i'm here today because the time has come for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform. the time is now. now's the time.
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now's the time. now's the time. i'm here because -- i'm here because most americans agree that it is time to fix the system that has been broken for way too long. i'm here because business leaders, faith leaders, labor leaders, law enforcement, and leaders from both parties are coming together to say now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see america as the land of opportunity. now is the time to do this so we can strengthen our economy and strengthen our country's future. think about it. we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants.
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that's who we are, in our bones. the promise we see in those who come here from every corner of the globe, that's always been one of our greatest strengths. it keeps our workforce young. it keeps our country on the cutting edge. and it helped build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known. after all, immigrants helped start businesses like google and yahoo. they created entire new industries that created new jobs and new prosperity for our citizens. in recent years, one in four high tech startups in america were founded by immigrants. one in four new small business owners were immigrants including right here in nevada. folks who came here seeking opportunity and now want to share that opportunity with other americans. but we all know that today we have an immigration system that is out of date, and badly broken.
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a system that is holding us back instead of helping us grow our economy and strengthen our middle class. right now we have 11 million undocumented immigrants in america. 11 million men and women from all over the world who live their lives in the shadows. yes, they broke the rules, they crossed the border illegally, maybe they overstayed their visas, those are the facts. nobody disputes them. these 11 million men and women are now here. many of them have been here for years. and the overwhelming majority of these individuals aren't looking for any trouble. they're contributing members of the community. they're looking out for their families, they're looking out for their neighbors. they're woven into the fabric of our lives.
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every day, like the rest of us, they go out and try to earn a living. often they do that in the shadow economy, a place where employers may offer them less than the minimum wage orake them work overtime without extra pay. and when that happens, it is not just bad for them, it is bad for the entire economy because all the businesses that are trying to do the right thing that are hiring people legally, paying a decent wage, following the rules, they're the ones who suffer. they have got to compete against companies that are breaking the rules. and the wages and working conditions of american workers are threatened too. so if we're truly committed to strengthening our middle class, and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we got to fix the system. we have to make sure that every business and every worker in
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america is playing by the same set of rules. we have to bring the shadow economy into the light so that everybody is held accountable. businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law. that's common sense. that's why we need comprehensive immigration reform. and -- there is another economic reason why we need reform. it is not just about the folks who come here illegally and have the affect they have on our economy. it is also about the folks who try to come here legally but have a hard time doing so. and the effect that has on our economy. right now there are brilliant students from all over the world, sitting in classrooms at our top universities. they're earning degrees in the fields of the future, like
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engineering and computer science. but once they finish school, once they earn that diploma, there is a good chance they'll have to leave our country. think about that. intel was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and then stayed here. instagram was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and then stayed here. right now in one of those classrooms there is a student wrestling with how to turn their big idea, their intel or instagram, into a big business. we're giving them all the skills they need to figure that out. but then we're going to turn around and tell them to start na business and create the jobs some place else. that's not how you grow new industries in america. that's how you give new industries to our competitors.
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that's why we need comprehensive immigration reform. now -- now, during my first term, we took steps to try to patch up some of the worst cracks in the system. first we strengthened security at the borders so we could stem the tide of illegal immigrants. we put more boots on the ground, on the southern border than at any time in our history. and today illegal crossings are down nearly 80% from their peak in 2000. second, we focused our enforcement efforts on criminals here illegally and who endangered our communities. today, deportations of criminals is at its highest level ever. third, we took up the cause of the dreamers. the young people who were brought to this country as
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children. he we said if you're able to meet basic criteria, like pursuing an education, we'll consider offering you the chance to come out of the shadows so you can live here and work here legally, you can have the dignity of knowing you belong. but because this change isn't permanent, we need congress to act. not just on the dream act. we need congress to act on a comprehensive approach that deals with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in the country right now. that's what we need.
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now, the good news is for first time in many years, republicans and democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together. members of both parties, in both chambers, aactively working on a solution. yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators announced their principles for comprehensive immigration reform, which are very much in line with the principles i've proposed and campaigned on for the last few years. so this moment it looks like there is a genuine desire to get this done soon and that's very encouraging. but it time action must follow. we can't allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate. we have been debating this for a very long time.
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it is not as if we don't know technically what needs to get done. as a consequence to help move this process along, today i'm laying out my ideas for immigration reform. and my hope is this provides some key markers to members of congress as they craft a bill because the ideas i'm proposing have been supported by both democrats like ted kennedy and republicans like president george w. bush. you don't get that matchup very often. so we know where the consensus should be. now, of course, there will be rigorous debate about many of the details. and every stake holder should engage in real give and take in the process. it is important for us to recognize the foundation for bipartisan action is already in place. and if congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, i will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist
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that they vote on it right away. so the principles are pretty straightforward. there are a lot of details behind it. we're going to hand out a bunch of paper so everybody will know what we're talking about. but the principles are pretty straightforward. first, i believe we need to stay focused on enforcement. that means continuing to strengthen security at our borders. it means cracking down more forcefully on businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers. to be fair, most businesses want to do the right thing, but a lot
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of them have a hard time figuring out who is here legally, who's not, so we need to implement a national system that allows businesses to quickly and accurately verify someone's employment status. if they still knowingly hire undocumented workers, we need to ramp up the penalties. second, we have to deal with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally. we all agree that these men and women should have to earn their way to citizenship. but for comprehensive immigration reform to work, it must be clear from the outset that there is a pathway to citizenship. we got to lay out a path, a process that includes passing a
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background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning english, and then going to the back of the line behind all the folks who are trying to come here legally. that's only fair. all right. so that means it won't be a quick process, but it will be a fair process. and it will lift these individuals out of the shadows, and give them a chance to earn their way to a green card and eventually to citizenship. and the third principle is we got to bring our legal immigration system into the 21st century, because it no longer reflects the realities of our time. for example, if you are a citizen, you shouldn't have to wait years before your family is able to join you in america. you shouldn't have to wait years.
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if you're a foreign student, who wants to pursue a career in science or technology, or a foreign entrepreneur who wants to start a business, with the backing of american investors, we should help you do that here, because if you succeed, you'll create american businesses. and american jobs. you'll help us grow our economy, you'll help us strengthen our middle class. so that's what comprehensive immigration reform looks like. smarter enforcement, a pathway to earned citizenship, improvements in the legal immigration system, so that we continue to be a magnet for the best and the brightest all around the world. pretty straightforward. the question now is simple. do we have the resolve as a people, as a country, as a government, to finally put this issue behind us?
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i believe that we do. i believe that we do. i believe we are finally at a moment where comprehensive immigration reform is within our grasp. but i promise you this, the closer we get, the more emotional this debate is going to become. immigration has always been an issue that enflames passions. that's not surprising. there are a few things that are more important to us as a society than who gets to come here and call our country home. who gets the privilege of becoming a citizen of the united states of america. that's a big deal. when we talk about that in the abstract, it is easy sometimes for the discussion to take on a feeling of us versus them. and when that happens, a lot of folks forget that most of us used to be them.
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we forget that. it's really important for us to remember history. unless you're one of the first americans, a native american, you came from some place else, somebody brought you. ken salazar, he's, you know, mexican-american descent, but he points out his family has been living where he lives for 400 years, so he didn't immigrate anywhere. the irish, who left behind the land of famine, the germans who fled persecution, the scandinavians who arrived eager to pioneer out west, the polish,
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the russians, the italians, the chinese, the japanese, the west indians, the huddled masses who came through ellis island on one coast and angel island on the other. now, all those folks, before they were us, they were them. and when each new wave of immigrants arrived, they faced resistance from those who were already here. they faced hardship. they faced racism. they faced ridicule. but over time, as they went about their daily lives, as they earned a living, as they raised a family, as they built a community, their kids went to school here, they did their part
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to build a nation. they were the einsteins and the carnegies, but they were also the millions of women and men whose names history may not remember, but whose actions helped make us who we are, who built this country, hand by hand, brick by brick. they all came here knowing that what makes somebody an american is not just blood or birth, but allegiance to our founding principles. and the faith in the idea that anyone, from anywhere can write the next great chapter of our story. and that's still true today. just ask alan. alan's here this afternoon. where's alan? there he is, right there.
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now -- alan was born in mexico, he was brought to this country by his parents when he was a child. growing up alan went to an american school, pledged allegiance to the american flag, felt american in every way, and he was, except for one, on paper. in high school, alan watched his friends come of age, driving around town with their new licenses, earning some extra cash from their summer jobs at the mall, he knew he couldn't do those things. but it didn't matter that much. what mattered to alan was earning an education so he could live up to his god given potential. last year when alan heard the
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news that we were going to offer a chance for folks like him to emerge from the shadows, even just for two years at a time, he was one of the first to sign up. and a few months ago he was one of the first people in nevada to get approved. in that moment, alan said i felt the fear of ash. i felt accepted. so today alan is in a second year at the college of southern nevada. alan is studying to become a doctor. he hopes to join the air force. he's working hard, every single day, to build a better life for himself and his family.
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and all he wants is the opportunity to do his part to build a better america. so -- so in the coming weeks, as the idea of reform becomes more real, and the debate becomes more heated, and there are folks who are trying to pull this thing apart, remember alan, and all those who share the same hopes and the same dreams. remember that this is not just a debate about policy. it is about people. it is about men and women, and young people, who want nothing more than the chance to earn their way into the american story. and throughout our history,
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that's only made our nation stronger. and it is how we will make sure that this century is the same as the last. an american century, welcoming of everybody who aspires to do something more. who is willing to work hard to do it, who is willing to pledge allegiance to our flag. thank you, god bless you. god bless the united states of america. >> i'm john king in washington. you're watching president barack obama just finished laying out his vision for comprehensive immigration reform. the president is speaking at a high school in las vegas. immigration, of course, the topic of the moment for both the president and the bipartisan group in congress. mr. obama speaking just a day after senators from both parties announced they had reached what they call a framework for immigration reform in the united states senate. a similar group happening -- the conversation happening on the house side as well this a bipartisan basis. in a moment, we'll hear from folks who don't agree with the president's proposal.
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first, let's get reaction from our team of political experts and reporters, gloria borger with us, jessica yellin and miguel marquez at a key location in georgia. i want to start with you, jesse, because of something the president said. he said he was laying out key markers. he said if congress doesn't move a bill, if it bogs down, he will send a specific proposal of his own. that's something reform advocates wanted in first term. why does the president think the second term politics are better? >> reporter: because of the president's showing amo ining ao voters. he won more than 70% of the latino vote. republicans did not show well among them. and so the shift means that there is a coalition now among democrats and republicans, he believes, to move republicans across the finish line to get something done now on immigration reform. what is meaningful, i think, about the statement, john, is that the president thinks he now has the wind at his back to at least push his will a little bit. he has a piece of legislation
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written. he's sitting back, letting the senate lead on this right now, but you could hear a little bit of skepticism about -- in his voice and his words about whether or not that will actually get the job done. this is supposed to be until the newtown shootings, this was going to be the president's signature policy initiative at the beginning of his second term. this was -- this is the issue he wants to stake his claim on right now. and so he is ready to move on it, he's letting the senate go for the time being, but if they do not, if they hit a brick wall, they have legislation, they are ready to act on and they will. >> and so gloria borger joining the conversation. the president is trying to be pushy and cautious at the same time, if you will. pushy saying if the congress doesn't get is business done, he'll get more aggressive. cautious, at a time when you see more and more republicans, conservative republicans, congressman paul ryan, saying they want to look at this as well and they're not terribly far from the president. the devil is in the details.
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what is the challenge of making this bipartisan hope a bipartisan reality? >> i think what the president is doing, john, is he's kind of to the left a little bit as the bad cop, letting the senate democratic leaders working with their republican colleagues look like the good cops. so he's sitting out there saying, okay, here's what i want. which, by the way, would probably be a more direct, shorter path to citizenship than what the democrats and the republicans are talking about in the senate right now. so he sits out there and says, okay, if you don't deal with them, you're going to get me to deal with. who would you rather deal with? i think the question you hear from marco rubio and the republicans is does the president want a deal or does he want a political issue? and i think we're going to have to wait and see, but it sounds like a little bit of, okay, i'm going to let you guys work, but i'm hanging out there so you guys better get something done
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because when you're going to get from me is a little bit to the left of what chuck schumer and the other democrats are agreeing to. hanging out in, i think, a good way to put it as you watch the president there after that event. he's a few days into his second term. that looks like a campaign event. let's get reaction outside of washington. the debate will wage inside washington. >> reporter: we're at the armstrong atlantic state university in savannah. they have a very aggressive program of recruiting latinos and undocumented students here in georgia here in savannah. one of the top ten states for the number of latinos in the state and the south, the latino population growing enormously over the last ten years. these are the students here that have been recruited by the university. i want to give a quick test here, how many of you are undocumented? raise your hands. how many of you have taken advantage of the deferred action program that the president --
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how many of you have family members, immediate family members, brothers, sisters, parents that are not here legally? raise your hands. these guys are also, john, very, very keen on what the president said and they are hopeful, talking to them just a little while ago. let me get your name and tell me why you think something will happen this time. >> hello. my name is jesse. i believe that the president was very clear in what he believes needs to be done for the country in order to have positive immigration reform, and, you know, he gave us a good history lesson, we're all immigrants and we all deserve a chance. >> reporter: maria, you spoke to your parents about what the senate talked about yesterday. you've seen this go back and forth over the years, do you have hope that something will actually happen? >> yes. >> reporter: why? >> why, because, like ajesjesse said, he made a good point and i
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think it is time to make some changes. it is comprehensive. and it is not just for everybody. at the end, we're all immigrants. i think it will happen. >> reporter: do you think the politics are different? people don't do things out of the goodness of their heart sometimes. why do you think it is different now? >> well, because i think -- it is really shocking to see republicans turn the table. but i think it is because they realize, like i said, it is time, and also, you know, hispanics, they are -- we're growing. >> reporter: it is indeed. raise your hands, how many of you guys think that something will seriously happen this time around? you'll see comprehensive reform? it's an impressive show of force. there is a real sense of optimism here in this university, and at this -- in this state. at least among these people, that they will see some real changes this time, john. >> and, miguel, let me ask you a favor and ask your cameraman to play along with us here, the show of hands, this is what i
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think matters in washington what is driving the debate. if you could ask the young students to think of themselves in the american political spectrum, how many of them consider themselves republicans, a show of hands. >> reporter: absolutely. john king has a question for you all. how many of you consider yourselves republicans? >> how many democrat. >> reporter: if you could all vote today, if you could all vote today, who would consider themselves democrats? and that is something, john, we hear over and over again, no matter which state we're in or where we go to, and that's obviously why republicans are so concerned here and that's why this has become such a national issue in the sense of things getting done very quickly, john. >> picture showing you there, the demographics of the country are changing as miguel marquez smartly notes. thank the students and thank you for your input on the conversation. now to the conversation in washington. we heard from a bipartisan group of senators yesterday. if you do the math, it seems this could get bogged down. it seems the senate has a
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general consensus how to move forward. what happens when the debate shifts to the republican house. congressman lou barletta joins us on the phone. i want to come at this, play devil's advocate. the president says there will be tougher border security. the president says there will be tougher enforcement including electronic efforts like e-verify, he says there will be a path to citizenship but earned citizenship. answer the critic who says the president is trying to address conservative concerns, that essentially he's trying to say, yes to you, but you won't accept it. >> we're talking about replacing the carpet while we still have a hole in the roof. this -- these types of proposals will only make the problem worse. proposing a pathway to citizenship while our borders are not secured, while people can come on visas and then disappear into our system, will only encourage millions, millions of people around the world to come here illegally, making the matter worse.
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>> both the president -- forgive me for interrupting, sir, both the president and let me bring in a conservative in the cont t context, senator marco rubio said he won't let that happen. this will have to be phased in and they'll have to certify and certify the border was secure and have a system that prevented what you just talked about, people coming in legally, but overstaying their welcome. you simply believe it can't be done? >> well, i believe we haven't done it yet. this is five years that the president talked about some type of immigration reform and now we're talk about it again. the problem has been going on for over a decade. and we still know that we can't track people who enter the country illegally, and exit the country. this is also, john, going to make it harder for the legal immigrants. i know the window dressing here claims that we want to help immigrants, but we're actually going to make it harder for the legal immigrants that are here who can't find a job today, and then thirdly, right now when we
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try to balance a budget in washington, the cost of a pathway to citizenship for 10 to 12 million illegal aliens will be about $2.7 trillion when you consider medicare, social security, unemployment compensation, food stamps and other welfare programs. so, you know, i think we're rushing. i think this is a political fix, more than it is a practical policy decision that we're going to secure the borders, we're going to make sure we track people, and we're going to make sure we can afford what this is going to cost. >> let me ask you a political question. you're in the republican house majority. you know what happened in the last election. democrats got a huge majority of the latino vote and most of the key senate races, democrats got 50, sometimes 60, sometimes 70% or more of latino vote. you're from a largely white district, sir. maybe this doesn't impact you as much, but when you're in the house republican conference, how much of the conversation is about the need to do something, change, now as opposed to if we
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had this conversation a month before the election? >> well, first, we need to look at the city i was mayor of before i went to congress is 40% latino. so i know very well, you know, the problems that come along with illegal immigration and how it hurts the legal immigrants who came here for an opportunity. and now we allowed an underground workforce to come in and compete for their jobs. i know very well what type of effects illegal immigration has on municipal government. as a political issue, i believe that's really why we're rushing, rather than doing this in the proper sequence of making sure that our borders are secure and that the national security issue of who is in this country, and to make sure we're protecting the american people and american jobs. but i believe there is more politics behind these types of proposals than there is good policy. and that is, i believe, there is a rush to try to get the latino vote and that's not the reason
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that we should be dealing with this type of immigration reform until all of our questions are answered. >> congressman lou barletta, republican of pennsylvania, i appreciate your perspective. we'll stay in touch as the debate continues in both houses and chambers of congress. thank you very much. let's bring in pauley price now, an expert on immigration law. pauley, let's go through some of the concerns. you heard the congressman, he's talking about, you know, these people, let's start with this, people come into the country legally. they have student visas, some other temporary visa and that has the president noted some decide not to leave and overstay their welcome. why can't the government do a better job tracking them and what can it do to do a better job? >> what it has not done in the past is track people who are leaving. so usually they don't know whether someone who has been here on a temporary visa has overstayed that visa. >> and when you hear the president and now some conservatives in the senate saying e-verify, more enforcement on employers, how important is that to equation.
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and what is the government doing right and failing to do right now? >> i think it is terribly important for the political compromise that there be an emphasis on enforcement. enforcement has not been lacking for the last four year. president obama has deported more persons than any prior president. so i think that going forward certainly there will be the emphasis on the enforcement side, but i think that obama will spend some political capital on the issue of how these 11 million undocumented aliens can become on the path to citizenship. >> and as someone who kns that process, who knows the complicated paperwork, who knows the frustration of waiting for the bureaucracy, do you think it can be done, you can have a path to earned citizenship, which somebody comes forward, gets first a green card, legal status and then in line for citizenship. can that be done in a way that is fair or as fair as possible in the sense that if there is someone who has been waiting legally, will the people already in this country actually go to the back of the line? that's what a lot of people
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suspect won't happen. >> well, the senate proposal and president obama have both said they will go to the back of the line. that line in some instances is years long for family reunification. it is one of the reasons that employers have said over and over that we need a simplified streamlined immigration system so that persons can be hired legally. and have a legal path. one thing i wanted to point out is the senate proposal does provide a more direct pathway for dreamers, and for agricultural workers. it is really the only thing they have been specific about. so everyone else, it is unclear when, if ever, a path to citizenship would come about, because security of the border must be certified as secure. so it could be decades for most of this 11 million. and that, of course, means that's 11 million people that are not participating in the political process. >> important details to look for as they try to put together the
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specifics of these proposals. polly price, appreciate your insight. another critic of the president's proposal, phil kent. let me start by asking the question this way. as you just listen to the president of the united states, did he say anything that you agree with? >> well, he was pretty much idealistic rhetoric. there wasn't much you could agree on. there is a lot to agree on perhaps in the bipartisan approach, but i still think incremental approach is going to be the best thing that is going to occur. i think this is going to drag out in the u.s. senate to probably june or july, into the summer. and i think you're going to have to take this in pieces, the dreamers, the young children that came here unknowingly when their parents broke the law and came across the border. you're going to have to streamline the guest worker programs. i didn't hear barack obama say anything about that. the bipartisan group has said a little bit about that. the question of visas, the broken visa policy, we can't handle all of the legal immigrants that are coming in right now. we can't verify a lot of these
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people who are here. the cost was nerve mention enev the president of the united states. that's a huge i ddivisive issue. and the enforcement has not been occurring under barack obama. in fact, the union, the immigrati immigration, customs and enforcement union condemned their political appointees for not letting them do their job in border enforcement and deportati deportation. >> you touch on a very important point there, because the senate proposal and any proposal to get enough republican votes would are to deal with improved border security and what they say is certifying that the border is secure before the other provisions kick in. this president would say deportations are up and the numbers support that. he would say people crossing the border is down. a lot of that has to do with the unemployment or lack of jobs in the united states, perhaps. he would say some of it has to do with increased border security. how can you draw up a standard that a critic like yourself would agree to, that somebody
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w would agree to as to what a secure border is. >> the border, we're making improvements. the key is fixing the visa program. almost half of the illegal immigrants here now came here legally, and yet they jumped their visas and melted into society. and we're not talking just about mexican worker. we're talking about a 40-year-old so-called muslim student that we don't know who he is and where he's from, melting into american society. so there is a national security aspect to all of this too. >> phil kent, critic of the president's proposal. appreciate your insights today. this is a complicated and controversial debate as it goes forward. gloria borger, our chief political analyst, you listened to this. polly price gives you technical questions, how do they write the law and enforce it and the critics of the president, there is more consensus today, but is there enough consensus to get an issue that we have seen, we have seen at the beginning.
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and ted kennedy was standing with george w. bush and john mccain years ago, you thought this is going to happen. and it didn't happen. >> i did. >> will it this time? >> i think there is more likelihood, john, it will happen. that's because of the political reality. most of the country supports some kind of pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. you saw that president obama beat mitt romney by about 3 to 1 with hispanic voters. problem is that the divides the republican party only about a third of self-i'ded republic ee self-identified republicans support it. you have to get someone like marco rubio, putting himself on the front line, a senator with real conservative tea party credentials, putting himself on the front line and saying we need do this for the country, and we need to do this for the republican party. this is somebody now who has taken to conservative talk radio, talking about what needs
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to be done. the key here, john, is enforcement. because the path to citizenship in the senate version of the bill is going to be contingent on enforcement. and my big question is, how do you judge -- how do you judge whether the borders are secure. that's going to be a very big question, so as the senators try and map this out. but i have to say, i think we may be closer now than at any other time since covering this issue. >> the president says it is within our grasp. we'll watch this one. we'll watch this one as it plays out in the days, weeks and i do suspect months ahead. controversial issue, but the president believes and there is some republican support to back up the president's words when he says within our grasp, we'll watch this one play out. thank you for joining us for our special coverage. poppy harlow, back to you.
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as critics pounce on apple, the heavyweight unveils its latest product. but will it make a difference? i'm poppy harlow. roll it. >> a homeowner is suing because the seller didn't reveal a killing incident that happened inside the house. we're on the case. plus -- >> this 13-hour procedure was performed by a team of 16 plastic, orthopedic and microvascular surgeons. >> a war vet becomes just the seventh person in the country to have his arms replaced. and hillary clinton's exit interview. this hour, cnn sits down with america's top diplomat and her final days as secretary of state. [ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation,
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now to a story illustrating just how deep the gun divide runs in this country.
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neil heslan lost his 6-year-old son to the massacre inside sandy hook elementary school. he voiced his grief and a goal, an assault weapons ban on cnn's "piers morgan tonight." >> still don't understand why somebody would, especially after what happened with my child, jesse, want or need an assault-type rifle, an ar-15, for protection. a shotgun, a handgun would be more than sufficient. >> what a beautiful little boy. he did the same thing at a public hearing last night in connecticut and the reaction is making a lot of headlines. jason carol is following it live in new york. jason, you were there with me, in newtown, covering this. what happened at this public hearing? >> well, first of all, let me put this in context. as you know, more than anyone, there is a lot of emotion, there is a lot of passion surrounding
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this issue in newtown, connecticut. that explains why hundreds of people showed up from newtown, joining the thousands of people who tried to pack this -- this hearing that took place on gun control. and for several hours the people who were there listening to testimony, emotionally filled testimony from some of the parents whose children were killed at sandy hook, they spoke and it wasn't just parents on one side of the issue, it was parents on both sides of this particular issue. these parents, they came in, poppy, they brought in pictures of the children. they held them as they spoke. neil, whose 6-year-old son jesse, was killed says he does support more gun control. he spoke for several minutes and paused after posing a question why anyone would need an assault weapon. at that point, gun activists shouted out the second amendment. listen to exactly how it happened. >> i ask does anybody in this room that can give me one reason or challenge this question why
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anybody in this room needs to have one of these assault-style weapons or military weapons or high capacity clips. not one person can answer that question. as he turned around there, poppy, that's when the folks there were shouting second amendment, second amendment. but there is also parents there in the other side of the issue, mark mat iool tiola. >> expect to have any impact on "a society and say we're going to pass a law. hey, this is inexcusable. we can't allow any more of this. let's pass a law that will change the course of the future.
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when we don't enforce the laws we have on the books. the most important laws. >> this hearing taking place by a bipartisan task force as it tries to come up with recommendations for lawmakers. connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation that would limit large magazines to ten rounds from 30. and banning certain types of ammunition. the hearing you just heard is the second of a number of hearings. lawmakers are holding. the first was on school security. then another one yesterday in gun control and today a hearing took place on mental health. and how to improve the system. but just to give you an idea, poppy, of how much passion surrounds this particular issue, people started talking out about 12:00, didn't stop speaking until about 3:00 in the morning. >> wow. incredibly divisive and the issue, like you said, not just gun control, but mental health and all of those issues. thank you very much. up next, an explosive new report suggests that an anti-aging clinic gave
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performance enhancing drugs to major league baseball players, big names we're talking about, folks. one of the players being accused, a-rod. he's fighting back, though. we'll be right back. ...so as you can see, geico's customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is computer animated. it's not real. geico's customer satisfaction is quite real though. this computer-animated coffee tastes dreadful.
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daming report out of miami is focusing new attention on baseball's battle with performance-a performance-enhancing drugs. names have been published of big league players allegedly connected to an anti-aging clinic in south florida. the paper says this follows their three-month investigation. one of the players they're naming is a-rod. alex rodriguez. just to be clear here, akrod has admitted to doping but denied taking any performance enhancing drugs and never suspended for a drug violation. what do you know so far, richard? >> poppy, it is spring training for baseball in a few weeks. pitchers and catchers. that's the beauty of the america's national past time. but it is steroids and performance enhancing drugs all the talk or the rage. maybe not the 'roid rage. what we have is in that miami new times report, a three-month investigation, alex rodriguez's
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name comes up under three different titles, listed 16 times, in information paperwork that the newspaper said it obtained from a former employee of this now defunct anti-aging clinic. the man who led that clinic, anthony bosch, was mentioned in a statement by alex rodriguez, responding to these reports that he accepted human growth hormone and performance enhancing drugs. here is what alex rodriguez said a couple of hours ago in a statement through a spokesman. the news report about a purported relationship between alex rodriguez and anthony bosch are not true. alex rodriguez was not mr. bosch's patient, he was never treated by him, and never advised by him. the purported documents referenced in the story at least as they refer and relate to alex rodriguez are not legitimate. alex rodriguez, according to the newspaper, would be accepting -- would have been accepting steroid in the last three years. he admitted to using them between 2001 and 2003, a big
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point that major league baseball says they're following up, poppy. >> let's get to more on what major league baseball is saying. do we have a statement from them that outlines how concerned they may be about this issue? >> this is always seems like a choreographed dance after these things. a media report and carefully constructed statements and then denials. and people still left puzzling. here is what major league baseball says in an official statement. we're extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance enhancing substances. these vents provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. through the department of investigations we have been actively involved in the issues in south florida. it is important to note three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the joint drug program. major league baseball is not stating which three programs -- players have been suspended, however, there have been players who have been linked to south florida who have been suspended in the past year, a huge upsurge
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in punishment for players as the testing gets more refined. >> i think obviously there is a lot of attention on a-rod because of his success in the sport. but there are other names being named in this article, so obviously there is going to be a lot of follow-up on them as well. richard, thank you. appreciate it. a veteran loses both of his arms while serving this country in iraq. today, he's recovering from a revolutionary arm transplant surgery, two new arms, wait until you hear from him and hear how rare this is. let's go. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing the all-new cadillac xts... another big night on the town, eh? ...and the return of life lived large. ♪
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in 2009, while serving in iraq, a roadside bomb took brendan morocco's arms, both of them, and both of his legs. now thanks to a pioneering surgery only performed on six other americans, he's recovering from a double arm transplant. he showed off his new arms today. >> pretty much now i can move my elbow. this was my elbow, the one i had before. i can rotate a little bit. this arm is pretty much not much movement at all. not yet. hopefully we're hopeful for the future to get some pretty good function out of it, out of both of them. >> hopeful for the future. let me bring in our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. hopeful for the future.
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so rare that he has been able to go through successfully this surgery. what does it entail? >> it entails a very long surgery, where doctors have to tediously reconnect muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels. i was talking to a doctor, not at hopkins, but somewhere else, who has done a similar one, done the same thing. he said what really made him sweat was the blood vessels. if you don't do it just right, that limb isn't going to get any blood and it will just die. and so that's why these hopkins doctors, they train on cadavers for the past couple of months. they worked on cadavers to practice before they did the real thing. so it is just amazing that this can work at all. and he mentioned that in the one arm, which has -- they transplanted more, he had, that's not his real elbow on that arm, he doesn't have much motion and hopefully after lots of physical therapy that will happen. >> what i love about the story is his spirit and his hope. and i want our viewers to take a listen to what he said what he's
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most looking forward to doing. >> driving. absolutely driving. i used to love to drive an it was -- there was a lot of fun for me. so i'm really looking forward to getting back to that and just becoming an athlete again. i love to -- one of my goals is to handcycle and marathon. so, yeah, i would love to get back to that. >> that amazing spirit that you see, that's important to doctors when they're choosing patients who they're going to do this for. he's going to have to have rigorous physical therapy, four to six hours a day, day after day, month to month, year after year. >> there is the issue of will his body accept the transplant. do we know that yet? >> if he was going to reject it, it already would have happened. this happened a month ago. they did something interesting here, not only did they
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transplant his arms, they gave him bone marrow from the cadaver so his bodily would more easily accept it. some doctors think it is not so useful, but this team decided they wanted to make sure. >> what an incredible story. we'll follow it. elizabeth, thank you. good to see you. up next, apple announces its latest product as the company stock takes a hit. ali velshi has some thoughts, some opinions on whether or not it is going to make a difference. that's next. ♪ my friends are all around me ♪ my friends, they do surround me ♪ ♪ i hope this never ends ♪ and we'll be the best of friends ♪ ♪ all set? all set. [ male announcer ] introducing the reimagined 2013 chevrolet traverse, with spacious seating for up to eight. imagine that.
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from the cnn money newsroom in new york, i'm ali velshi. today, tuesday, techpalooza. blackberry ten being released, the new operating system and new phone, that's tomorrow. this is rim's hail mary after losing to apple and android devices for the last five years. yahoo!'s fourth quarter results, they came out. they aren't huge, but they're a win for the new ceo, marisa mayor. formerly of google. she says yahoo! is on a multiyear march toward growth. those are her words. microsoft is releasing office as a subscription service for $100 a year. microsoft is changing the sales model for its most lucrative
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cash cow, partly to compete with google docs, partly to prove microsoft still has something new to offer in the office space. and here's the tech thing i didn't know we would be talking about. ipad. apple released 128 gigabyte model, double the biggest one they had so far. maybe this is a sign that they're worried about microsoft, and its new surface worried abo microsoft and its new surface computer or they are trying to steal research in motion. apple's stock is down 35% since september when it hit a high of $705. if you own the stock, you already know this. the market is doing just fine. joining me now is maureen. apple, look at that chart. it's just been dropping precipitously in the last few months on rumors that it's not buying as many components because it's not selling as many as the iphone 5s. it's not hurting the broader
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market, though? >> that's right. the market has been surprisingly resilient. >> other tech stocks, the other stocks overall -- i think last year we were in such a risk on/risk off year, the european finance minister would say one thing and it would move up or down. now it's all about stocks. >> it's almost really about companies. >> exactly. >> people are investing in these companies saying it's not all about recession and debt crisis. they are investing like investors should. >> yeah. looking at companies and what they mean and what they are doing. it's a big difference from all of last year pretty much. >> when apple was at 535 bucks, i spoke to somebody who said could go up to 600, could go up beyond that to 700. right now we're not entirely sure. but tomorrow a big day, that's when the blackberry 10 comes out. i will introduce it to you right here the same time tomorrow.
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that events like that don't have to be disclosed to home buyers. i want to bring in our legal analyst, sunny hostin. what should homeowners take away from this? now it's in the hands of the state supreme court. >> that's right. it seems like a horror movie. you find out your home is haunted. but listen, homeowners just don't have to disclose this kind of thing and bottom line is, in this day and age, who doesn't google earth their perspective purchases? who didn't look for the history of a home? i think the message remains the same. buyer beware. do your own research and do your own thing. because the bottom line is, the law doesn't require for a seller to tell you the entire history of a home, who owned it, what funky things there may be in an attic. all the law provides is mechanical defects, structural defects, problems with the
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title, that stuff has to be disclosed. but the fact that there was a murder suicide and your home-to-be may be a bit spooky, i don't think so. >> doesn't sound like she has an argument here. >> i would say that the argument is now dead. >> thank you, sunny. >> thanks, poppy. a plane goes down in the icy hudson river. we have the frantic 911 call. that's next. [ engine sputtering ] [ male announcer ] engine light on?
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well, folks, there has been another miracle on the hudson. this involves a small plane on a sightseeing trip from trenton, new jersey up the hudson river. the pilot and passenger are lucky to be alive after crashing into the icy hudson river. the passenger made this harrowing 911 call after the plane was in the water and